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Profiles in Education: Ryan Twentey

Ryan Twentey of Parkville High School in Maryland is known as a dedicated teacher who fosters his students' artistic interests to develop the skills they need to be successful in school, in the community, and in preparation for college. His photography and multimedia students have earned a 100 percent pass rate on the AP exam.

Twentey also teaches interactive media production. He produces tutorials to help each student work at his own pace to reach understanding. He encourages his students to persevere, collaborate, and offer respectful critiques to help one another improve.

"Education is not only a means of defining skill sets but also delivering to students an encompassing wealth of knowledge and dedication to understand, so that together, we form communities of lifelong learners," says Twentey. "My classroom is an environment of mutual respect, motivation, and positive risk-taking, blending cutting-edge technology with traditional techniques based in Universal Design for Learning. This atmosphere allows students to uniquely interact with content, engaging desire to learn, while encouraging them to be self-sufficient learners, no matter the situations or challenges faced."

Hear more about Twentey's passion for educating the whole child; demonstrating leadership; improving student engagement, achievement, and learning; and contributing to the education profession in this 2013 ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference presentation:

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